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Spicy Roast Acorn Squash

Even as a so-called health nut, I love winter squashes roasted until they’re buttery and sticky-sweet. They’re drizzled with olive or coconut oil, or a little soft butter is brushed on slices. Perhaps they’re sweetened with brown or coconut sugar, maple syrup or honey. A bit of sea salt and fresh black pepper are sprinkled here and there. In my creative mind, winter squashes are flavored with any combination of herbs and spices. Read more

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter Chicken

Asian-Inspired Roast Peanut Butter ChickenThe inspiration for this recipe comes from Thai chicken skewers served with peanut sauce. Instead of bite-sized chicken chucks on a stick, a whole chicken is roasted in a similar sauce. With peanut butter being rich in oil, the result of this Asian-inspired roast chicken and vegetables is a sweet, savory and juicy flavor. Set aside a small proportion of marinade for use as a dipping sauce, too. In addition, since vegetables are roasted with the chicken, a majority of dinner is done. Serve a crispy Red Cabbage and Snow Pea Salad with an Asian-inspired vinaigrette to complete the meal. Read more

Mediterranean-Inspired Open-Faced Sandwiches

Mediterranean-Inspired Open-Faced Sandwiches
At this time of year, the energy switches from laid-back, long days of summer into tightly packed schedules for the fall. For the kids (and adults), it’s back to school time. Maybe, it’s back to work after returning from a relaxing vacation. It’s about organizing and preparing for the future, including packing healthy lunches. Read more

Roast French Breakfast Radishes with Green Garlic and Pink Peppercorns

Roast French Breakfast Radishes with Pink Peppercorns and Garlic Chives served with Chicken Sausages, Turkey Bacon, and a Cheddar Cheese Omelet
Roast French Breakfast Radishes with Pink Peppercorns and Garlic Chives served with Chicken Sausages, Turkey Bacon, and a Cheddar Cheese Omelet

Need to add more vegetables to your diet? Start adding them to the traditional carb-fueled breakfast. Roasting French Breakfast Radishes are a savory addition to any egg dish. These oblong French Breakfast Radishes were purchased at a farmer’s market. In this recipe, pink peppercorns and green garlic chives are used to flavor this mild cousin of the rounder radish.

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Chicken and Roast Eggplant-Tomato Tacos with Turnip Salsa

Chicken, Roast Eggplant-Tomatoes Tacos with Turnip Salsa

It’s quite sad that vegetables are considered boring and bland. Truthfully, that’s how it’s presented. A former co-worker and I were at a buffet. It had fried and barbecue chicken, rice and peas, mac and cheese, and all the delicious ceremonial dishes. In the midst of the buffet was the notorious tasteless vegetable platter with grape tomatoes, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and green bell pepper. Usually, there’s a gooey ranch dressing in the center of the platter. Honestly, I skip over the vegetable tray. The dry taste is not worth the “must-eat-your-vegetables” guilt. As my co-worker grabbed a few pieces, she said, “…Must take a few ‘feel good’ vegetables, but no one ever wants to eat them.” As predicted, the lightly nibbled vegetables were scraped into the garbage when she was done eating. Read more